The lazy days of summer will soon make way for the responsibilities of another school year. Parents everywhere are busy assembling school supplies, shopping for new clothes, and attending back to school events. Getting back into the swing of your school year activities is important and not difficult to do. With a bit of effort, organization, and a positive attitude, preparing for the back to school transition will be smooth and your child will be ready for the first day of school.
Set expectations for the new school year
Define what you would like to achieve this year. Do you want to work on the amount of television your child watches? Will you make lunches every morning, which calls for adjusting the time for your morning run? At what time do you expect to sit down each night to review homework? Now is a good time to decide your goals. Remember to consider your flexibility and schedule, as well as your child’s strengths and weaknesses when defining your expectations.
Create your routine
A family routine is a fantastic way to keep everyone on track. You can create a family bulletin board, calendar, or place post it notes on the refrigerator. Describe tasks you expect your children to undertake during the school year. Communicate it clearly with the whole family and make expectations easily understood.
Get organized early
Make sure you have the supplies needed for assignments not only for school but at home as well. If reading was not part of your child’s summer activities, add it to your daily routine now. Reviewing last year’s math will prepare your child for new challenges in the new year.
Get to know school administrators and teachers
Research shows that the more involved parents are in the child’s school, the better the child will perform. Volunteer for school related activities within the limitations of your busy schedule. Introduce yourself to the school principal during an event, and correspond with your child’s teachers via email when possible.
Have Some Fun
A new school year is fun and exciting time for children, and sometimes it can be a scary time too. So stay positive. Talk to them about their fears. And once you get them talking, listen and digest it. Remind them that their new worries only stick around for a little while. Visit the school for orientation. Take your child to check out the school playground, or discuss new sports and activities they would like to get involved in. Returning to the classroom should be something your child looks forward to. Be creative and make it fun!